Ken Follett - Master Storyteller and Best-Selling Author

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Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity, the sweeping, passionate conclusion to the Century trilogy, was #1 on bestseller lists in the USA, UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain…

Throughout the 'Century' trilogy, Ken has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families – American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh – as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now in Edge of Eternity they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all, the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Presidential impeachment, revolution – and rock and roll.

Winter of the World

Winter of the World, the second novel in the 'Century' trilogy, debuted at #1 on The New York Times’ hardcover and e-book fiction bestseller lists in September 2012. It is now available in paperback in many countries.

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families – American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh – enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs and the beginning of the long Cold War.

As always with Ken, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With passion and the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants, the first novel in the 'Century' trilogy, was published in 16 countries simultaneously on September 28, 2010, and debuted at #1 on The New York Times’ hardcover fiction bestseller list! The paperback edition debuted at #5 on The New York Times’ bestseller list in September 2011.

In Fall of Giants, I follow the destinies of five interrelated families – one American, one Russian, one German, one English and one Welsh – through the earth-shaking events of the First World War and the Russian Revolution.

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty.

Fall of Giants is available in paperback, audio and e-reader formats.

The Pillars of the Earth – 25th anniversary

2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the publication of The Pillars of the Earth. In 1989 not many people were convinced that a story about building a cathedral was a good idea. But millions of readers have since thought otherwise and it is Ken's most popular book – and the one he is most proud of.

It is a favourite in many parts of the world – it is one of the top 100 books chosen by British readers in 2003, Die Säulen der Erde (the German edition) has been voted the third-most popular book in Germany, and it was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the 60th Oprah’s Book Club selection in 2007, among other accolades.

A TV mini-series and board games have been based on The Pillars of the Earth, and the sequel, World Without End.

The 'Pillars' and 'World' TV mini-series

The $46 million eight-hour mini-series adaptation of World Without End, directed by Michael Caton-Jones, has aired in many countries. Cynthia Nixon ( as Petranilla), Miranda Richardson (as Mother Cecilia) Ben Chaplin (as Sir Thomas Langley), Peter Firth (as Earl Roland), Charlotte Riley (as Caris) and Tom Weston-Jones (as Merthin) lead the cast. The series was produced by Tandem Communications and Take 5 Productions in association with Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions.

The Emmy Award-winning US$40-million adaptation of The Pillars of the Earth, which was also produced by Tandem, stars Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Macfadyen, Sarah Parish, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Redmayne and Gordon Pinsent. It premiered in July 2010 in the United States and Canada, and has since been screened in many countries. It is also available on DVD.


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  • Questions you have asked, letters you have written to me over the years, and (whoops!) errors in my novels.
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  • Information about my archives, held at the Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, United States
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